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Brought to justice
A drug driver has been banned from getting behind the wheel for three years following a stop by local officers.
Richard Langley was stopped by officers in a relation to an unrelated offence on the B184 travelling from Saffron Walden towards Thaxted at around 11.15pm on 7 October last year.
A small amount of cannabis was found in the front of the car and the whole vehicle smelled very strongly of the drug.
The officers carried out a drugs wipe, which the 50 year-old, of Weaverhead Lane, Thaxted failed.
Further tests showed the level of cannabis in his blood was almost twice the legal limit.
He was charged with drug driving and at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on 2 March he was banned for three years.
PC Kerry Rowson, from the Uttlesford Community Policing Team, said:
“Drug driving puts lives at risk and Richard Langley’s actions were reckless.
“If you drug drive, you are really likely to be caught.
“We have more than 500 officers across the force who are trained to use drug wipes, more than ever before meaning there’s a greater chance of you being caught.
“Drugs stay in your system and just because you don’t feel impaired doesn’t mean you’re not over the limit.
“If you smoked cannabis one night, you might not feel impaired or look impaired the next day but the drug stays with you and if you’re tested and it comes back positive you will be arrested.
“And if you get caught drug driving it will have a serious impact on your life.
“If you’re convicted of drug driving you’ll lose your licence for at least year.
“Losing your licence may mean you end up losing your job, that could lead to you losing your home.
“Even worse, if you drug drive you could kill yourself or someone else."
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